Author Archives: Andrew Haldane

Opinion: Could PEVEL help to secure the triumph of good over EVEL?

england-flagEvery time a Tory mentions English Votes for English Laws they have a certain daemonic glint in their eyes. The power junkies think they are about to get the keys to the pharmacy. They say nature abhors a vacuum, but the Tories can hardly conceal their delight at the vacuum created by the meteoric rise up the political agenda of the West Lothian Question (which they and their friends in the media have helped to propagate). In 2010 they gained 56% of English MPs with 40% of the English vote. Implementing overdue boundary revisions and reducing MP numbers would tilt the balance further in their favour. Requiring a good deal less than 40%, they could gain a majority of English MPs for the foreseeable future if historic voting patterns persist.

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Opinion: Could there still be a bright future for Lords reform?

Unless we are admitting defeat or  consider the electorate agog with admiration of the status-quo, we perhaps need to look beyond  the seemingly  compelling case for democratic legitimacy and begin developing some more imaginative ideas about what a reformed second chamber  might do  differently and explore its potential for transforming  politics.

Limiting the level of ambition for our shiny new democratic institution to the pursuit of the same old objectives of itself does not seem like a great leap forward.

It also leaves us vulnerable to the tactics adopted by the Conservatives and their press allies, who assiduously sought to cultivate public …

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    Jean - I'm sorry about the problem you've been having. I've tried to replicate the issue, and I can't - it works OK even with...
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    A political party's goal should be to win votes sustainably. I don't see how you get from that goal to wanting to carve out a...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 29th Sep - 6:30pm
    The whole point of the Labour/Toory duopoly was that it marginalised other voices, The Tories need Labour & Labour need The Tories. The decline &...
  • User AvatarMartin Land 29th Sep - 6:28pm
    Emma Walmsley's problem is different. There is an increasing feeling that she is not up to the job and that GSK may be split up...
  • User Avatarbob sayer 29th Sep - 6:15pm
    Hang on Paul...we still have a while to go and if we can encourage every Constituency to look for members ,you never know
  • User Avatarpaul barker 29th Sep - 6:07pm
    Great news but could we have an actual figure please ? On the downside, no Centre-Left Party has ever won a majority at Westminster with...